John Hervé Kerbrat was born on November 29, 1928 in St. Laurent, MB to Hervé and Marie-Anne (Lavoie) Kerbrat. John, the sixth of ten children, completed grade 8 before leaving to work on his dad’s farm for the next several years. John worked for Eugene Perault, a farmer at St. Brieux, SK from 1948-1953. It was in St. Brieux that John met Helene Abily. They were married September 4th, 1954 in St. Brieux. John and Helene spent the winter of 1954-1955 in St. Laurent, where he fished with his brother Yves on Lake Manitoba. Spring 1955, John and Helene moved to Youbou on Vancouver Island where John worked in the sawmill for 9 years. They lived on a float house for the first year, moving twice to accommodate their expanding family. Jeannette, Alice, and Michele were born on the island. In 1964, they moved back to St. Brieux where they farmed alongside Helene’s father Yves Abily - shortly after, Guy was born. John and Helene farmed in St. Brieux until their retirement to Humboldt in 1991. Helene continues to reside among her many friends and their cherished Humboldt Broncos.